16 Jan 2013
This story is nothing short of astonishing. You may have heard earlier in the year about the terrible burden that Manti Te'o had to bear this season, playing even after both his grandmother Annette Santiago and his girlfriend Lennay Marie Kekua died in September. Well, Te'o's grandmother did die in September. But Deadspin has done extensive research and has found no evidence that there ever was any such person named Lennay Marie Kekua. There is no obituary, no report of an auto accident, no mention in the Stanford student newspaper where she was supposed to be a student. Nobody with that name was ever enrolled at Stanford, and there's no record of her birth in any newspaper. This story is mind-blowing. I have a feeling I know what we're all going to be talking about at the combine this year. Cam Newton saying he wanted to be an "entertainer" is nothing compared to this.
122 comments, Last at 21 Jan 2013, 9:48am by erniecohen
Possibly the closest Super Bowl matchup in history also poses the question: how much does it mean when certain aspects of an NFL team improve dramatically in the second half of the season?